Career Spotlight: Industrial and Organizational Psychologist

Posted on June 01, 2017  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Integrating an in-depth exploration of how humans behave in a variety of settings, Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a broad research degree offered by the College of Doctoral Studies. While earning this degree, you will study human behavior and employee-management relationships with the purpose of accelerating performance through consulting, coaching and change management. Are you unsure if this is the career for you? If so, then continue reading to learn more about being an industrial and organizational psychologist:

National Estimates

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S. in May 2016, the median annual wage for industrial and organizational psychologists is $82,760, and the mean hourly wage is estimated at $50.27. These professionals are employed in the greatest concentrations in Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Popular Industries

You might be wondering where you’ll find yourself after pursuing a career in industrial and organizational psychology. These professionals work in many areas, with some of the most common industries including scientific research and development, state government, company and enterprise management, consulting services and professional, college and university education.

Beneficial Skills

What you can offer an employer as an industrial and organizational psychologist can affect your chances of employment and pay. Some of the most in-demand skills for this profession include training program development, organizational development, data analysis, SPSS and SAS.

Job Description

An industrial and organizational psychologist helps with assessment exercises, research design, survey work and interviews for organizations. The goal of this psychology professional is to examine the interactions and human behavior in a workplace environment. Industrial and organizational psychologists commonly work with others to improve things like selection tools, policies and testing programs. Some tasks that these professionals might be responsible for include advising management of training needs, administering competency tests, reorganizing work settings to improve productivity and developing employee performance programs.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies can prepare you to advance in your career. To learn more, please visit our website or hit the Request More Information button on this page.


  • “Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016 19-3032 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from:

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